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A rose by any other name still smells as sweet, and puppy chow by any other name still tastes as delicious. Puppy chow—also known as muddy buddies, monkey munch, and many other monikers—is a sweet snack favored by children and adults across the United States. The snack is so beloved that snack brands have even started producing their own ready-made versions of the treat. But why would you purchase factory-made puppy chow when you can make your own? After all, nothing ever tastes as good as a homemade dish. Puppy chow is simple to make, and it only requires a few ingredients, so even children can help prepare this sweet treat.

Puppy Chow Recipe
1 c. semisweet chocolate chips
2/3 c. peanut butter
1/4 c. butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
10 c. Rice Chex cereal
2 c. powdered sugar, plus more if needed

Melt the chocolate chips, peanut butter, and butter together in a small bowl, adding the vanilla and kosher salt once the mixture is smooth. Pour the cereal in a large bowl or sealable plastic bag and toss it gently with the chocolate mixture. Once all the cereal is coated, you can begin to add the powdered sugar, continuing until all the cereal is covered.

Helpful tip: As you can see, this recipe calls for a lot of powdered sugar, plus a little more if you’re making a large batch or have an extreme sweet tooth. Powdered sugar tends to get everywhere and coat your kitchen and clothes. To protect your clothes while cooking—and perhaps add an air of professionalism to your kitchen—don an apron before you start preparing this recipe.

One of the best parts of this puppy chow recipe is that it’s easily adaptable to fit your taste buds. You can mix in a variety of other sweets such as M&Ms or Reese’s Pieces, or you can try crushed potato chips or pretzels for a saltier option. You can also experiment with other cereal options, though Chex does tend to work the best because it holds the peanut butter and chocolate without getting soggy. Chex cereal is available in many flavors, so you can adapt the recipe without losing that delicious crunch. Try Chocolate or Honey Nut Chex if you’re looking for an even sweeter twist on this snack.